Smoke and mirrors in Arnhem Land: What expeditions tell us about the materiality of crosscultural encounters
Files in This Item:
|ThomasSmoke&MirrorRevised.pdf||856.58 kB||Adobe PDF||Request a copy|
|Title:||Smoke and mirrors in Arnhem Land: What expeditions tell us about the materiality of crosscultural encounters||Authors:||Thomas, Martin||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11475||Date:||9-Dec-2019||Online since:||2020-08-17T15:36:35Z||Abstract:||By paying attention to the familiar, but under-scrutinized, socio-cultural formation that is an expedition, it is possible to understand better the materiality of anthropological research and of intercultural encounters more generally. A close reading of the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, in northern Australia, is contextualized by a set of broader observations concerning the history of expeditions and their significance to science, anthropology, and geographical exploration. The essay addresses the role of expeditions in distributing trade goods, paying special attention to the distribution of tobacco and its implications. The supply of drugs such as tobacco provides insight into the bio-chemical engagement with the human body that underlay the project of bringing science to an inhabited terrain.||metadata.dc.description.othersponsorship:||Australian Research Council||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Taylor & Francis||Journal:||History and Anthropology||Copyright (published version):||2019 the Author||Keywords:||Expeditions; Exploration; Arnhem Land; Museum anthropology; Cultural brokerage; Tobacco||DOI:||10.1080/02757206.2019.1695201||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||History Research Collection|
Show full item record
This item is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland. No item may be reproduced for commercial purposes. For other possible restrictions on use please refer to the publisher's URL where this is made available, or to notes contained in the item itself. Other terms may apply.